How to Open Folder (Single or Multiple) in Windows 11 (and More)

In this post, you’ll see:

Here, I’m using Windows 11. Let’s start.

How to Open Multiple Folders at Once

Here, you’ll see the steps to open multiple folders in single or many places at once. Let’s look at the former first.

Method #1

Select the folders you wish to open, then press Ctrl, Shift, and Enter simultaneously to see all selected folders opened at once in separate windows.

Here’s another option for opening multiple folders at once:

Select the folders you want to open. Right-click on it. Click “Open in new window” in the context menu.

Or, you can select the folders and then press Ctrl + Enter.

Method #2

Select the folders you want to open, and then press the “Enter” key.

Here’s the difference between the above method and this one:

In the above method, you open all selected folders simultaneously in separate windows. The window in which you perform this operation remains intact.

This method will open one selected folder in the current window and the other selected folders in their windows.

Here’s another way: Select the folders you want to open, right-click on them, and select “Open” from the context menu.

How to Open Multiple Folders in Different Places at the Same Time

All the above methods apply to folders in the same place.

Here are the steps you can follow to open folders at the same time from different locations:

Open Notepad and enter start, followed by the path to the folder you wish to open. Be sure the path doesn’t contain any quotation marks.

Repeat this step for all the folders you want to open. Your Notepad will now look like this:

Start C:\Users\traj5\Downloads

Start C:\Users\traj5\Pictures

Save it with the desired name, but make sure that the extension is the bat. In our case, the file name is openmfolder.bat.

That’s it. From now on, double-click on the file (in our case, openmfolder.bat), and you’ll see the folders open.

See: How to Turn On or Off Single Click in Windows 11

In Windows 11, How Do I Open a Folder?

By default, the folder opens in the same window.

You can open a folder by double-clicking it or right-clicking it and selecting “Open” from the context menu.

Alternatively, you can select the folder and then press the Enter key.

Can I Open a Folder in a New Window?

Let’s see how to open a folder in a new window.

When you open a folder using the above methods (Double-click or Enter), press the “Ctrl” key.

Or, you can right-click the folder you want to open and choose “Open in new window” from the context menu.

Or, select the folder and then press Ctrl+ Shift + Enter.

How Do I Open Each Folder in a New or the Same Window?

If you want each folder to open in a new window, follow these steps:

In File Explorer Options, look for “Open each folder in its own window” under “Browse folders.” Select this option.

Click the “OK” button at the bottom.

If you prefer the same window, proceed as follows:

Open File Explorer Options. You can do this by pressing Windows + R, typing control folders, and hitting the OK button.

Choose the option “Open each folder in the same window” in the “Browse folders” section at the top, and then click “OK” at the bottom.

How to Disable or Remove Open in New Window from Context Menu

Windows 11 offers the context menu when you right-click a folder. You’ll find the “Open in new window” option in that menu that opens the folder in a new window.

To disable or remove the option, follow the steps below.

To Disable, follow these steps:

Remember:

  • Disabling the option won’t remove it from the context menu.
  • The folder will open in the same window if you click on it after disabling it.
  • The other ways to open the folder in a new window will work after disabling it.

The steps are as follows:

Open the Registry Editor. You can do this by pressing Windows + R, typing regedit, and hitting the OK button.

I suggest you make a copy of the Registry before continuing.

Extend HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT > Folder > shell.

Click on “opennewwindow.” In the right pane, you’ll find LaunchExplorerFlags Dword.

Double-click on it, and in the pop-up, provide 0 in the “Value data” field. Click the “OK” button.

Note: To enable it, change 0 to 1.

To Remove, follow these steps.

Click “opennewwindow” (steps are in the preceding section).

Right-click the blank space in the right pane, and then choose New > String Value.

Enter ProgrammaticAccessOnly as its name and then press the “Enter” key.

Notes:

  • If you want to reverse it, remove the one created above.
  • The other ways to open a folder in a new window work as usual.
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